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Annual Dinner

April 4, 2018

Each year, EDC honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in addressing challenges and making significant contributions to improving our region. We are honored to announce Dr. Mary Walshok as the 2018 Honoree of the Herb Klein Civic Leadership Award

The Herb Klein Civic Leadership Award is presented by:

Dr. Mary Walshok is an author, educator, researcher, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. She is a thought leader on the topic of workforce development and its role in fueling regional economic prosperity. Dr. Walshok is the co-author of “Invention & Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy,” a book published by Stanford University Press that analyzes San Diego’s ever-changing sociological, political, and economic trends. In addition, she is the author of five other books and more than 100 articles and reports on regional innovation, the role of research institutions in regional economies and workforce development. Her work has led to a number of international engagements and awards in Sweden, the UK, Asia, and Latin America. 

Dr. Walshok oversees a $45 million, 200-employee division  in San Diego that annually serves more than 80,000 enrollees through innovative local and online programs, as well as provides access to a vast array of intellectual resources through the award-winning UCSD-TV and nationwide through UCTV, which reaches more than 6 million households and millions more around the globe via web. The Division also serves more than 3,000 foreign students annually.
 
Dr. Walshok was a co-founder of the internationally recognized CONNECT in 1984 on whose board she still serves and of the San Diego Dialogue in the 1990s, a program focused on opportunities in the San Diego-Tijuana region. She has chaired the Francis Parker School and The San Diego and International Community Foundation Boards and continues to sit on the boards of the La Jolla Playhouse, the Girard Foundation, and the Foundation for U.S./Mexico Science and Technology. 
 
Please join us at SeaWorld on May 31 to celebrate Dr. Mary Walshok and more. Register here.
 
 
March 16, 2018

The Duane Roth Renaissance Award is named in memory of a beloved community leader who tirelessly championed San Diego's innovation ecosystem and reframed how we view our economic diversity. This award recognizes an organization whose work is creating outstanding inventions, innovations or breakthroughs that have changed and improved the world around us. 

We are deeply honored to announce Sempra Energy as the 2018 Honoree of the Duane Roth Renaissance Award, presented by:

Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company with an enviable track record of growth over its 20-year history. Sempra Energy provides safe, reliable energy through its regulated utilities and energy infrastructure businesses to approximately 43 million consumers worldwide with 20,000 employees, including the company’s most recent acquisition of a majority stake in Oncor, the largest utility in Texas. Major initiatives include system modernization, decarbonization and electrification, as well as innovative strategies to minimize impacts on the environment and maximize the deployment of cleaner energy sources.


Please join us at SeaWorld on May 31 to celebrate Sempra and more. Register here.

April 22, 2016
Once again 800 of the region’s executives, elected officials and community leaders joined EDC at SeaWorld San Diego for our Annual Dinner.
 
EDC’s new Chairman Jim Zortman of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems shared his vision for the organization; Conrad Prebys was recognized as the Herb Klein Civic Leadership honoree for his many contributions to the region and Illumina’s former CEO Jay Flatley accepted the Duane Roth Renaissance Award on behalf of the company for its life changing genomics technology. 
 
Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to interact with SeaWorld animals and enjoy a unique array tastes and treats spread over a large section of the park. 
 
EDC’s Annual Dinner is underwritten by Point Loma Nazarene University, with additional support from sponsors.
 
April 16, 2015

This post is part of an ongoing series dedicated to EDC’s 50th Anniversary. Please follow along at #EDCTurns50.

Along came the 1970s. Former Mayor Frank Curran and EDC's first CEO Dallas Clark saw their vision of a diversified San Diego economy come to fruition under the aegis of then CEO Richard "Dick" Davis.

San Diego (and EDC) were in good hands, as Malin Burnham stepped up to chair EDC in 1972 and Pete Wilson took over as Mayor.

We combed through the archives- here are a few of our favorite below:

Our innovation economy was beginning to take shape
New business is flowing to the region. From Sony, to the Wickes Corporation to Beckman Instruments, San Diego was booming in many industries, including the emerging field of “health sciences electronics.” We now know this industry as medical devices.

(Correctly) Predicting our future
At the same time, UC San Diego was beginning to establish itself as the research based institute that it is today. In 1971, National Science Foundation Director William McElroy became chancellor of UC San Diego, attracting world-class faculty. An article in the San Diego Union  from 1974 asks UC San Diego researchers to predict what San Diego would be like in the year 2000. Professor William Neirenberg got it right, “between 1974 and the year 2000, San Diego will become one of the top three or four research and development areas in the world…

Shipbuilding diversifies to include oil tankers and ferries

Kearny Mesa booms along Convoy St.


The close of the decade saw the birth of two iconic downtown San Diego landmarks: our beloved Convention Center and the idyllic Seaport Village.
From an edc newsletter



Telling the world our story
As the economy diversified, EDC began to share San Diego’s story with the world.

An advertisement in Businessweek (late 1970s- early 1980s)

Advertisement, unknown publication, 1976

We’ll be celebrating all through 2015, but we’ll be paying homage to our past – as well as celebrating our future – at EDC’s 50th annual dinner event on June 4, 2015, at SeaWorld San Diego.  Until then, join us here online every month as recount our top moments, starting with the decades that have defined us.